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Tamarind House Restaurant

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Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 26 487
18:30 - 23:30
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Sun 09:30 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 18:30 - 23:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We chose to spend a significant birthday here after many suggestions from friends. It was nice but for a place touted as being one of the best we were disappointed.

Thank happyholiday360
Greater London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had family wedding reception here. Food and setting faultless and staff very attentive. Would revisit for an evening meal. Pretty setting at night but need bug prevention.

Thank Robyn S
Sydney, Australia
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After reading great reviews, we dined here for dinner. From our table we have a lovely outlook of the garden and lagoon. Cannot fault the service and the food was delicious. We ordered the seafood platter and it was brilliant. Too large for just the two of us but it was beautiful. Highly recommend if you are looking for a... More 

Thank Kimmiidoll_kim
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with my family for my inlaws 40th wedding anniversary. My 3 kids were in tow (ages 12, 10 & 8) and I find the kids menu to be good and they didn't leave hungry! Fantastic that gluten free catered for as well because both my daughter and husband are Coeliacs. Just like most places in Rarotonga, view was stunning.... More 

Thank Mmcez
Wellington, New Zealand
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a very nice meal, with good , attentive service....possibly a bit too quick in that we might have liked to linger over a pre-dinner drink for a few minutes before ordering, but otherwise great. The fish and duck mains we ordered were very tasty, the accompaniments excellent, and the desserts and cocktails excellent. we made a mistake in... More 

Thank Lesley D
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48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hubby and I had dinner here for our 40th wedding anniversary. There was a good variety to choose from and we chose the seafood platter. It included tempura prawns, calamari crumbed, oysters, prawn salad, shasimi and fish curry which was a tasting plate. Great being able to try the different menu items all in one and it was a very... More 

Thank firstimetraveller
Christchurch, New Zealand
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210 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to this restaurant about 4 times over the past 4 years and it just feels like it gets better and better ! The service is incredible. The food, well if I didn't have manners i would have licked the plate and the cocktails. ... oh my word !!!! Their attention to detail is very evident from the... More 

Thank KScheepers
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a group of 15 including 5 kids and the staff handled it all wonderfully. We were able to play tag out in the garden while we waited and the kids meals were spot on. The photo was top class both in taste and presentation.

Thank Michael C
Muswellbrook, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

On arriving at Tamarind House we felt like we were the only couple there. The staff greeted us, the view was utterly amazing and then we had to decide on what we wanted to eat. After a while we placed our order and continued to relax over a drink watching the local n fishing off the reef. Our meals arrived... More 

Thank KCactus
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely spot with friendly staff. Food lovely. Great atmosphere for couples or big groups. Reasonably priced.

Thank lavender180

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, View, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 23:30
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 26 487
The exclusive, romantic and private restaurant venue on the island with delicious and world-renowned Pacific cuisine. Away from the crowds and the public eye, a fine dining evening with your loved ones or a wedding at Tamarind House is an extra special experience. Whether your requirements are large or small, we are eager to accommodate you with an event that you will long remember. Tamarind House is a versatile venue offering five different areas to suit any occasion. Tamarind House Restaurant on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is situated on a large oceanfront property, with it's stately beautifully restored historic colonial house, huge verandas and french doors, and a lovely garden shaded by coconut palms and green lawns sweeping down to the ocean. It is just a 3 minute drive from the town centre, and the round the island bus stops just by the entrance. You can enjoy a feeling of nostalgia for a bygone era in the peaceful seclusion of our truly unique tropical setting..

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?